Published on October 6th, 2014 | by News Feed
Why Everything Tastes Better After Lighting Up
Any run of the mill pot user will tell you that food never tasted so good as after you smoke. But is there a scientific reason for this phenomenon? That’s exactly what researchers at Nature Neuroscience wanted to find out in their recent study on why cannabis seems to give people a bad case of the munchies.
After looking closer at how the brain functions after ingesting marijuana, a research team at the Universite De Bordeaux discovered that there is a biological reason why pot makes you so hungry. It turns out that the psychoactive compound in THC interacts with the olfactory bulb in the brain. This magnifies your sense of smell and stimulates your appetite. Suddenly food is more attractive than ever!
Lead researcher Giovanni Marsicano said that pot’s power to make you hungry could actually be an important discovery that could help people suffering from crippling eating disorders. In some conditions like Anorexia Nervosa, patients have a belief that food is the enemy. It becomes so unattractive that they are repulsed by the very thought of eating. Even the smell of food can cause a horrible impulse to flee. But Marsicano said that marijuana could offer these patients help but stimulating their appetite and reversing the urge to avoid food. He suggested that simply using cannabis oil would be enough to stimulate a patient’s sense of smell and give them an urge to eat.
To reach this conclusion, the researchers studied a test group of mice. While some of the mice remained sober, others were stoned and then the scientists observed how they would react in the presence of a banana and almond oils. They found that the marijuana-loving mice ate a lot more than their sober counterparts. They also tested a third group of mice that were genetically altered to lack olfactory bulbs. In this group, the marijuana had no impact on how they approached food.
Next time you find yourself with a bad case of the cannabis induced munchies, you can proudly explain the scientific reasons to your buddies while you chow down on some fried chicken or brownies. Are you surprised to learn that science backs up this phenomenon that marijuana lovers know all too well?